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Sword Art Online and Stuff

I planned to give you guys my review of the anime Sword Art Online this week as I just finished watching the entire series thanks to Toonami, but I went too far with my notes and start to write an editorial instead. I still may finish it and publish it at Yahoo Voices, but the

Big Changes and Delays

With LoudCity closing down, I find myself in a very difficult situation. In order to stream your favorite cartoon theme songs, I need broadcast licensing, but, with LoudCity gone, there isn’t that many places small broadcasters like Toon Radio can go. I could direct license everything, but that’s way out of my budget. My only

Computer died again…

My computer died on Dec 24, and I have been offline since then. I should be able to fix things Tuesday night, but until then I have no way to get online except a library terminals and cannot make changes here. All podcasts and playlists will remain as they are until I can get back

Academy Cuts Best Song List to 75

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences reduced the contenders for Best Original Song down to 75. The 86th Academy Awards final nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014. Here are songs in alphabetical order of the films: “Amen” from “All Is Lost” “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone” “Doby” from

Frozen and Despicable Me Fight for Best Critics Choice Song

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has released the nominations for the 19th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. No animated feature made it onto the Best Score list, but both Frozen and Despicable Me 2 made the Best Song list. Best Score: Gravity – Steven Price Her – Arcade Fire Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman

Sword Art Online and Stuff

I planned to give you guys my review of the anime Sword Art Online this week as I just finished watching the entire series thanks to Toonami, but I went too far with my notes and start to write an editorial instead. I still may finish it and publish it at Yahoo Voices, but the review is tool long for  blog. So, I’m going to give you this condensed one instead.

There is probably nothing new I can say about the show that you have already heard. The show is incredibly polarizing, and its fans and haters will passionately tell you their side.

Objectively, SAO is terrible. It’s one train wreck after another. While it did have a decent premise, the production team squandered it big time for cheap thrills and clichés. While I do like the show, I find it watchable on more subjective levels.

Being trapped in video games is a real threat. Devices such as the Oculus and Google Glass can easily become death traps if we are not careful. The Sword Art Online story needs to be heard, but I believe it did not go far enough. Instead of an epic tale of the dark side of video games, we got a series of short girls that want to sleep with the main character, out of place slice of life sequences, and plot devices that fall flat.

Still, the series is dumb fun and a blast to rift. Sword Art Online is a self-insertion fantasy at its core, but that does not distract from the pure entertainment value it provides. I didn’t expect much going in. I was expecting a .hack clone, and that’s what I got from SAO. It was cheesy and had a deus et machina ending, but I look forward to its sequel.

Sword Art Online is a flawed piece of work, but entertaining none the less. If you guys want it, I may finish and upload my scrapped review so you can see how I related SAO to addiction, but that’s for another time.

Until then, stay tooned to this place

 

Big Changes and Delays

With LoudCity closing down, I find myself in a very difficult situation. In order to stream your favorite cartoon theme songs, I need broadcast licensing, but, with LoudCity gone, there isn’t that many places small broadcasters like Toon Radio can go. I could direct license everything, but that’s way out of my budget. My only solution is to find an alternative, and unfortunately the only good option right now is Live365.

On the surface, Live365 doesn’t seem that bad. it is where I got my start. However, they are a bit expensive for what they offer. I can save money by going with  personal/hobby plan, but that also limits the number of free listener spots. Pro accounts are not much better though they cost more and offer immediate inclusion in most internet radio apps such as iTunes. Either way, I will be spending lots of money. I will have to rely on paying listeners, but I don’t know how many of your guys will pay to listen to a cartoon music stream

 

Computer died again…

My computer died on Dec 24, and I have been offline since then. I should be able to fix things Tuesday night, but until then I have no way to get online except a library terminals and cannot make changes here. All podcasts and playlists will remain as they are until I can get back online at home.

Academy Cuts Best Song List to 75

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences reduced the contenders for Best Original Song down to 75. The 86th Academy Awards final nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014.

Here are songs in alphabetical order of the films:

“Amen” from “All Is Lost”
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“Doby” from “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
“Last Mile Home” from “August: Osage County”
“Austenland” from “Austenland”
“Comic Books” from “Austenland”
“L.O.V.E.D.A.R.C.Y” from “Austenland”
“What Up” from “Austenland”
“He Loves Me Still” from “Black Nativity”
“Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)” from “Black Nativity”
“Test Of Faith” from “Black Nativity”
“Forgiveness” from “Brave Miss World”
“Lullaby Song” from “Cleaver’s Destiny”
“Shine Your Way” from “The Croods”
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2″
“Gonna Be Alright” from “Epic”
“Rise Up” from “Epic”
“What Matters Most” from “Escape from Planet Earth”
“Bones” from “For No Good Reason”
“Going Nowhere” from “For No Good Reason”
“Gonzo” from “For No Good Reason”
“The Courage To Believe” from “Free China: The Courage to Believe”
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
“100$ Bill” from “The Great Gatsby”
“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Over The Love” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Together” from “The Great Gatsby”
“Young and Beautiful” from “The Great Gatsby”
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“I See Fire” from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Bite Of Our Lives” from “How Sweet It Is”
“Try” from “How Sweet It Is”
“Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Better You, Better Me” from “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”
“Bring It On” from “Jewtopia”
“Aygiri Nadani” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Har Har Mahadeva” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“I Felt” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Of The Soil” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“Sawariya” from “Kamasutra 3D”
“In The Middle Of The Night” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“You And I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“Let’s Take A Trip” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“Pour Me Another Dream” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“The Time Of My Life” from “Live at the Foxes Den”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“Monsters University” from “Monsters University”
“When The Darkness Comes” from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
“Sacrifice (I Am Here)” from “Murph: The Protector”
“The Muslims Are Coming” from “The Muslims Are Coming!”
“Oblivion” from “Oblivion”
“Sweeter Than Fiction” from “One Chance”
“Nothing Can Stop Me Now” from “Planes”
“We Both Know” from “Safe Haven”
“Get Used To Me” from “The Sapphires”
“Stay Alive” from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
“So You Know What It’s Like” from “Short Term 12″
“There’s No Black Or White” from “Somm”
“Cut Me Some Slack” from “Sound City”
“You Can’t Fix This” from “Sound City”
“Let It Go” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”
“We Ride” from “Spark: A Burning Man Story”
“Becomes The Color” from “Stoker”
“Younger Every Day” from “3 Geezers!”
“Here It Comes” from “Trance”
“Let The Bass Go” from “Turbo”
“The Snail Is Fast” from “Turbo”
“Speedin’” from “Turbo”
“My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” from “12 Years a Slave”
“Make It Love” from “Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro”
“One Life” from “The Ultimate Life”
“Unfinished Songs” from “Unfinished Song”
“For The Time Being” from “The Way, Way Back”
“Go Where The Love Is” from “The Way, Way Back”
“Bleed For Love” from “Winnie Mandela”

Frozen and Despicable Me Fight for Best Critics Choice Song

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has released the nominations for the 19th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. No animated feature made it onto the Best Score list, but both Frozen and Despicable Me 2 made the Best Song list.

Best Score:

  • Gravity – Steven Price
  • Her – Arcade Fire
  • Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman
  • 12 Years a Slave – Hans Zimmer

Best Song:

  • Atlas – Coldplay – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Happy – Written by Pharrell Williams – Despicable Me 2
  • Let It Go – Written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez – Frozen
  • Ordinary Love – U2 –Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Please Mr. Kennedy– Written by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Ray – The Great Gatsby

The awards will be given on Thursday, January 16, 2014.